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12/08/09 15:09
Tim Allen

Shifter linkage adjustment

I have a F-150 and I am having an issue that my linkage for my shifter will not go into park. I have to move the shifter to a nutral position which is actually the Drive position to get it to start. How do I adjust the linkage? I have a screw that has also came loose but can not find were it goes?
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10/23/10 23:46
ROY

Had this same problem on my 2000 expedition and sure enough the bolts were loose. Tightened them up and its like brand new.

THANKS FOR THE HELP Saved me a trip to the dealership!!

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10/27/10 11:15
Nico

I have 1997 E 350 van that will not go into park, is it the same as the f 150 truck. Thank you! (bolts)under the dash?
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11/03/10 19:44
brian

1997 ford ranger thank you for the help truck would not go all the way into park so it would not start tightened the 2 star bolts problem fixed thanks
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12/03/10 23:03
Mike

Hi All, I have a 95 F-150 (automatic)and my shift lever on the column went limp after putting it from drive to park. IT Stayed in drive and now won't shift to any gear. Obviously something must be broke or fell apart. Anyone have any suggestions? Where to look, what to do? Thank you for any suggestions...Mike
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12/03/10 23:14
Mike

Forgot my email for replies: coool8ball@bellsouth.net

Thanks

Original question:

Hi All, I have a 95 F-150 (automatic)and my shift lever on the column went limp after putting it from drive to park. IT Stayed in drive and now won't shift to any gear. Obviously something must be broke or fell apart. Anyone have any suggestions? Where to look, what to do? Thank you for any suggestions...Mike

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12/06/10 15:11
Greg

Had a loose automatic shifter lever on my 1993 full-sized Bronco. Found the two loose star-head screws under the dash mentioned above and tightened them. Took maybe one minute (plus the time to find the correct driver tool. Problem fixed! Thanks for the info.
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12/12/10 19:38
A. Marq

Thank you all for the information on the two screws.

I also found the screw on the carpet under the steering column.

It took some doing but I get it back where it belongs and sure enough the other screw was about fall off as well. I can't believe that Ford did not use a lock washer or loc-tite.

P.S.

the extension bar helped to get to the screws.

A.M.

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12/27/10 09:37
Ashley

97 F-150 had the same problem, tightend the screws and its fixed. Thanks!
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12/29/10 15:37
HD2000

Thank you so much for this link. I too had a screw on the floor and tightened it up and all is well.

I would ad however it may be smart to add some thread lock to the screws so it does not happen again.

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01/30/11 17:59
matt

Have a 98 expedition shifted into drive 1 and now it won't come out of drive 1. any suggestions?
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02/20/11 20:13
Terrance Power

Hi All, I have a 99 F-150 (automatic)and my shift lever on the column went limp after putting it from drive to park. IT Stayed in drive and now won't shift to any gear.Then i put it in park manualy. Obviously something must be broke or fell apart. Anyone have any suggestions? Where to look, what to do? Thank you for any suggestions...Would it be those two gold screws above the brake pedal, i just found one on the floor.Terry

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04/08/11 14:53
Darlene

Have 97 ford ranger with 4.0. Will not go into park. checked the 2 screws under the dash and they are not loose. I can put it in park under truck but cable will not let it go into park when you shift the lever on steering wheel. any suggestions on how to adjust it so I can get it into park on column? Never has read right on the PRND21. Thanks
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04/15/11 17:22
Tyler Reeve

My father and I have had problems with our 1998 Ford F-150's shifting mechanism for quite some time now. It was extremely loose and had problems shifting from gear to the next. It wouldn't go into park at all. I finally decided to look it up online and found the tip about the two screws coming loose. Sure enough, the screws were loose. I tightened them up and realigned the shifting dial indicator (might be called something else). The truck is good as new. Thank you so much for the tip, saved a lot of time and money!
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04/28/11 07:10
Swamprat

I have fixed the screws. It will now lock in the park position on the shifter indicator, but is actually in reverse. How do I adjust the linkage. It is one off, i.e. P = Reverse, R = Neutral, N = Drive, D = 2, and 2 = 1. Thanks for any help!
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05/02/11 23:14
John

2000 ford expedition 2wd eddie bauer will not shift into gear. There's not much resistance on the shift selecter either. Only has 63, 000 mls and drove perfect until today
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05/07/11 15:32
Darin

Thanks, I had been battling my bozo shift lever for 1 year, decided to look up the fix on the good old internet and saved myself a huge mechanic bill on my 98 expedition! Now if I could get my starter to quit squeeling without buying a new one.
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05/14/11 13:27
wayne

my 2000 ford van will not shife in to any gear it is real hard
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08/14/11 17:48
here
Thank author of this post/comment"vans with shifter issues"

does the same 2 bolts affect vans too?
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09/20/11 22:33
Martyland
Thank author of this post/comment"Transmission Linkage Fix 2000 F-150 4X2"

Transmission would not go into park and would only start in neutral. Selector lever generally felt sloppy. Up underneath the dash adjacent to the steering column on the right side just "behind" the ignition switch I found the two Torx screws into a metal plate attached to the lever were very loose.

Using a 3/8 ratchet with a six inch extension and a T-30 Torx bit tightened up the screws. The shifter never felt better. The selection detents are nice and crisp and the transmission goes into park securely. I am so happy this was an easy fix (at least once I got under the dash upside down on the floor with the right tools). Like other posts, I recommend putting the transmission into neutral after setting the parking brake.

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03/18/12 10:43
Indiana
Thank author of this post/comment"picture of screws"

Where can I post a pic of the 2 screws mentioned in this thread?
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03/18/12 10:56
Indiana
Thank author of this post/comment"pictures"

I figured a way, just click on my user name GRIMY and you can see my uploaded pics. I put it there.
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07/16/12 23:56
new jersey
Thank author of this post/comment"shift linkage "

Would like to thank everyone who posted about the two screws being loose .you have saaved me time and money i dont have thank you all .
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04/15/13 20:37
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Thank author of this post/comment"Thank you!"

Had the same problem on my 2000 Expedition. I put it in park and the damn thing would roll away! Had to start it in Neutral. Two screws tight, and I am all set!
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04/15/13 20:41
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Thank author of this post/comment"Location"

On your back, above the brake pedal. Look above the steering column with a flashlight. There is a cast aluminum piece with two gold torx screws in it. Move the shifter back and forth and you will find it moving. If it is loose, you will notice it move away from the mounting. That's the piece.

Use a T30 torx bit.

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07/09/13 20:26
Portland, oregon
Thank author of this post/comment"Ford F150 1993 shift problems"

I went to the store put it in reverse then in drive and it wouldnt go anywhere so I put it in drive 2 and it was regular drive.. I drove home then tried to park put it park. But park was in reverse. So then I coundnt even start it. Because it has to be in park to start it.. So I looked at my book and really nothing on these two bolts.. So I googled it.. Found this page and read 3 post. Did everything they said I found the bolt on the floor. I knew that was the problem right then. before I put it in I adjusted the bar thing that makes it go in park then put the bolt in.. shift like a champ now. Thanks all. this was great.
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